Every soul DJ has "signature songs" and this is one of mine. Oh how I LOVE this song! I love it, love it, LOVE IT! I bust it out as soon as the first raindrop falls in Portland and play it throughout the rainy season with no apologies. This is a unusual for me. I really try not to overplay songs, not only because it's lazy DJing, but also out of consideration for other local DJs who may want to play the same records to an audience who isn't sick of hearing overplayed records. It's really easy to fall into that trap as a soul DJ. However, I do have very small handful that get played more often than others and this is one of them.
I found it through a European seller, but today I found out it was a favorite of legendary DJ pioneer David Mancuso. I guess that's validating. I do find my tastes sometimes overlap with his.
So, in anticipation for Portland's rainy season, and perhaps and attempt to hasten it along (as it is running a little late), the Record of the Day is Dorothy Morrison's "Rain." It's got everything I love- congas, gospel vocals, funky dance groove, and a positive message.
Dorothy started out as a gospel singer. You can hear her singing one of the leads on one of the most beloved gospel records of all time, "Oh Happy Day" by the Edwin Hawkins Singers. She went on to record some solid solo gospel-soul albums in the early to mid-70s.
Give this song a listen and I challenge you to find gloom in the rain.
DJ Action Slacks
I'm excited to highlight some of my favorite records in a variety of genres (soul, R&B, classic country, rockabilly, oldies, garage rock, etc). These won't all necessarily be "dance" records per se. They will all be records that I believe deserve a special listen. I simply love good music, rare or not. Hopefully you will spend some time here and love music right along with me! Lets give this a shot!